North American – Mt. Norquay, AB

This lift was converted from a traditional fixed grip lift to a pulse version with eight groups of four chairs each running at 800 fpm.
The bottom station.
Tower 8.
Tower 10.
Top terminal straight out of the 1950s.
Top bullwheel.
View down the line with Banff below.
A pulse headed up from the base.
Garaventa drive bullwheel.

19 thoughts on “North American – Mt. Norquay, AB

  1. Camnoger August 11, 2018 / 5:10 am

    But why though. What is the purpose of turning a double into a pulse double! This must be the only pulse double in North America! Or even the world! It just makes no sense to me!


        • Utah Powder Skier September 8, 2022 / 8:27 pm

          According to lift installation surveys, the former North American Poma double/gondola was built in 1966 (listed under Banff lift corp). It’s predecessor looks to be a Constam Single, but I’m not sure when it was built (you would know better than I would, it looks like it was from the 50s). Not sure when this version was installed, it looks like it was reused from the former Cascade Doppelmayr double.


        • π–™π–π–Š 𝖉𝖆𝖗𝖐 𝖝 π–π–”π–—π–“π–Šπ–™ September 8, 2022 / 9:36 pm

          My bad the dude said it was built in 65


        • skier72 September 9, 2022 / 8:39 am

          The former Cascade chair operates at a small hill in Manitoba, Canada (Minnedosa Ski Valley). No elements of the old Cascade are re-used on this lift.


  2. GreatEight January 14, 2019 / 6:48 pm

    Is this North American?


    • AvocadoAndy January 14, 2019 / 11:09 pm

      Well if you’re being technical it’s a Garaventa lift, which isn’t based in North America. Ironically it’s a lift named North American built by a European company if that’s what you’re asking.


  3. skier72 March 8, 2020 / 6:10 pm

    This lift replaced a Poma double, which itself, replaced a Poma single chairlift. I believe the drive terminal might re-use some parts of the old double bottom terminal, but I’m not sure about that one.


    • reaperskier March 8, 2020 / 6:54 pm

      Is that a 60’s poma double?


      • skier72 March 8, 2020 / 9:32 pm

        Yes. For awhile, Norquay ran the Poma double with gondola cabins in the summer as a “pulse chondola” of sorts. They also had a super cool single chairlift, and have a picture of Marilyn Monroe riding up the lift.

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    • Carson September 16, 2020 / 7:55 pm

      Yes it does reuse the bottom terminal if you notice closely it has a mueller bullwheel too some of the towers were also reused in the replacement also


  4. skier72 January 23, 2021 / 3:11 pm



  5. iloveribletdoubles March 31, 2021 / 3:59 pm

    I think those are Doppelmayr chairs.


      • Alex Kennedy March 31, 2021 / 8:02 pm

        That makes no sense to me. Mid-Gad at Snowbird uses the first picture’s design, while Wilbere uses the second picture’s design. The inly difference they have is that the “Doppelmayr” ones have a circle pipe and the “Garaventa” ones use square pipes. I’m 90% sure they are both the same just with different variants.

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  6. bluebottlenose March 20, 2023 / 6:13 am

    This lift reminds me of Europe. The top terminal, the bright yellow bullwheel and even the lifting frames just scream Europe to me.


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